Dear C4Q friends and family,
Our work is rooted in the belief that a diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences is fundamental to the growth of a healthy and vibrant tech ecosystem in Queens and NYC. In 2014 we continued our work towards our goal of fostering the most inclusive and innovative tech community.
This past year, we shared in the successes of our Access Code 1.0 graduates. From winning hackathons to working at leading tech companies to being accepted into one of the most prestigious accelerators in the U.S., our students represent the immense potential and talent within our community. Inspired by their stories, we decided to expand the scope of our tech training program to serve the 64% of New Yorkers without college degrees and to further reach populations that are underserved in tech. As the dialogue surrounding the need for more opportunity in the tech sector continues to build, we are tackling this challenge head on, forging new pathways through our programs and working to increase opportunity for all New Yorkers.
C4Q is entering its fourth year as an organization, and we’re eager to continue learning and improving in 2015. Thank you to our amazing community of donors and sponsors who support our mission and make our work possible. And much love to our dedicated and passionate volunteers who not only multiply our impact but magnify our cause.
Jukay, Dave & the C4Q Team
2014 At a Glance
New Team Members
Queens Residents on Team*
*No worries, we still love our Brooklynite
New Board Members
Volunteer Committee Chairs
Amount Raised at Bash
Number of Events Hosted
Access Code Graduate Salary
From Pre to Post Program
Highlights from 2014
Over the past year, Queens Tech Meetup (QTM) has grown to 2,000+ technologists, entrepreneurs, and startups.
We're excited to provide a platform for our community to showcase their new products and innovation.
The 2014 Queens Tech Meetup Family of Startup Demoes and Presenters
Hackers of All Ages
We hosted the Queens Build Day for BigApps, a city-wide tech competition that empowers the sharpest minds in tech, design, and business to solve NYC's toughest challenges. Over 150 people from all over NYC came to C4Q HQ in order to build their products and take part in the first ever hackathon in Queens.
New York's Next Top Makers, organized by NYCEDC, encourages innovation and local manufacturing in NYC. We celebrated Queens Makers by hosting the first stop popup in a five borough tour.
Featuring Makers like bhold, Valentine Goods, and QNSMADE, as well as Plaxall and orgs like LIC Partnership and NYDesigns.
Smithsonian APA Wiki-a-thon
We were the New York City host for this national Smithsonian event, the first Wikipedia edit-a-thon dedicated to Asian Pacific American content. With simultaneous events hosted at Washington D.C., Austin, San Diego, Los Angeles, we helped grow our community by sharing their stories and information on the web.
NYC Tech Talent Summit
More than 100 attendees representing over 75 community organizations, tech companies, foundations, and elected officials gathered at the Inaugural NYC Tech Talent Summit to discuss the future of the City’s workforce development. We co-organized the event to gather feedback and best practices from the community, helping shape future investments in education and technology.
Policy & Advocacy
The Queens Tech Strategic Plan is a community-based initiative that will lay the foundations for the continued long-term growth of tech in Queens. We hosted three Public Sessions in 2014 on themes related to the tech ecosystem to better understand the different needs of the community, business, and residents.
In 2014 we launched C4Q EDU, volunteer-driven workshops led by industry experts that provide opportunities for our community to learn new skills and to share expertise.
Web & Python
Led by C4Q Education Chairs Alex & Greg
Access Code 1.0 Updates
Access Code 1.0 Updates
We knew that our Access Code 1.0 graduates had passion, dedication, and hustle but we are amazed at how much they have been able to achieve in such a short period of time. We are thrilled to be able to share in their success and look forward to the great things to come.
Where Our Graduates Were Hired
Access Code Community
Now equipped with industry experience, our Access Code 1.0 graduates are growing the program by helping to select the next cohort of students and teaching classes as well.
"Access Code was a phenomenal experience for me, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity I had to be a founding student. It catapulted me into a career in tech... [the] experience has also given me the confidence to pursue more skills..."
Eli Bierman, Access Code 1.0
New Talents and Skillsets
We're growing an interisciplinary team of talented individials joined by our shared passion for increasing economic opportunity for all New Yorkers. Not only do our new teammates add a breadth of skillsets to our toolbox, they bring great energy and enthusiasm to our work.
C4Q is growing, and we're looking to hire the best and brightest to help us achieve our mission.Join Our Team
Board of Directors
Co-founder, Joyride Coffee
Covington & Burling
Google; Co-founder & CEO of Songza
SVP of MacAndrews & Forbes
Executive Director, ABNY
Chief Investment Officer, Standard General
Former President of Plaxall
Product at Facebook; Founder of Branch
Co-founder & former CSO of Shapeways
Tech & Design
CTO of Merus
Project Coordinator at LeadDog Marketing
Brand Communications at OXO
Director of Marketing at Skift
Director of Implementation Services at Operative
Venture Director at Fueled
Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer at Prep for Prep
Bioinformatician at Mount Sinai
Director of Product Management at Annalect Group
In addition to launching our redesigned website, we were proud to represent Queens as a founding member of the newly created .NYC top-level domain, the official web address for New Yorkers.
Working with leading poverty fighting organizations and foundations like Robin Hood, the New York Community Trust, and Arbor Brothers, we believe that our work can be even more impactful and provide opportunity to more New Yorkers in the coming year.
New Supporters in 2014
A Sneak Peek at 2015
The Communities We Aim to Serve
Creating the world's most inclusive tech community means providing skills and job opportunities to talented individuals across all social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. In the coming year we are expanding the Access Code program to serve the greater NYC population, particularly the majority of New Yorkers that do not have college degrees.
Educational Attainment in NYC
Policy & Advocacy
New technologies whose potential applications are not well understood can sometimes cause controversy, debate, and lead to reactive regulatory conditions that can stifle innovation. We are exploring the idea of a safe space for tech innovation where entrepreneurs can test technologies like drones and the internet of things at scale and in an urban setting.
Before becoming widely adopted, technologies such as automobiles, airplanes, and the internet were not readily understood and were viewed as disruptive or potentially dangerous. They in turn have become transformative and innovative industries.
One Last Thank You
Image Credit: Kai Song-Nichols, 2014 Summer Intern